Florida and Progress Energy Recognized for Fuel Cell Project at State Park

June 15, 2006

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Progress Energy received a Best Practices Award from the Council for Sustainable Florida in a ceremony in Tallahassee on June 12. The award was for the hydrogen generator and fuel cell located at Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park. The Council for Sustainable Florida gives the Best Practices Awards annually to businesses and organizations that demonstrate that a healthy environment and a strong economy can develop together. See the Progress Energy June 14 press release.

In 2005, Progress Energy installed a hydrogen fuel cell at the park's Wildlife Encounter Pavilion located on the west coast of Florida north of Tampa. The hydrogen fuel cell uses only sunlight as an energy source and water as input. It operates quietly and produces enough electricity to run the pavilion. Read background about the project inthe April 2005 edition of the State Energy Program newsletter, Conservation Update.